Cornea Surgery & Crosslinking in Calgary

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Advanced Corneal Care from Eye Care Experts

If you suffer from complications from a corneal injury or other corneal diseases, such as keratoconus, we offer a comprehensive list of corneal treatments to improve your sight and prevent progression.

As with all of Vector Eye Centre’s incredible catalogue of surgical options, it is always best to schedule an assessment with our ophthalmologists in Calgary to see if corneal surgery may be able to address your specific concerns.

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Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)

Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is the process used to strengthen the collagen bonds of the cornea. The epithelial layer of the cornea is removed exposing the Bowman’s and stromal layers. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) drops are applied to the surface of the eye, then an ultraviolet light is used to activate the riboflavin, resulting in a chemical reaction that strengthens the microscopic bridges between corneal fibres within the stromal layers. These bridges prevent progressive thinning from developing further, strengthening and stabilizing the cornea.

This procedure is often used to treat and mitigate symptoms caused by:

CXL may also be used to treat scarring secondary to specific cases of corneal ulcers. It may eliminate the need for corneal grafting, depending on the amount of corneal thinning and scarring; or may be used in conjunction with cornea grafting to help stabilize the cornea.

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Corneal Grafts

A corneal graft or transplant occurs when layers of your cornea are replaced using corneal tissue provided by a donor. This procedure may be pursued if you have vision loss due to:

  • Keratoconus
  • Thinning of the cornea
  • Corneal scarring
  • Corneal swelling/edema
  • Corneal clouding
  • Ulcers of the cornea
  • Previous eye surgery complications

Depending on the extent of corneal damage, your ophthalmologist may offer a range of different corneal graft options.

  • Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK). This is a corneal transplant that fully replaces the patient’s cornea with a donor cornea being sized, cut, fitted, and sutured in place.
  • Lamellar Keratoplasty. Only selective layers of the cornea are replaced.
  • Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK). This procedure removes all layers of the cornea, except the two bottom layers, known as the Descemet’s membrane and the endothelium.
  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK). Similar to a DALK procedure, this surgery only removes the uppermost layers of the cornea, including the epithelium, Bowman’s membrane, and upper parts of the stroma.
  • Endothelial Keratoplasty. This procedure targets and replaces the bottom layer of the cornea, known as the endothelium.
  • Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK). This procedure replaces the bottom layers of the cornea, the Descemet’s membrane and endothelium. Instead of using sutures as in anterior procedures, air or gas is used to keep the ultra-thin endothelial donor graft in place during the early postoperative period.

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Other Cornea Surgeries

PTK is a laser procedure similar to PRK laser eye surgery. However, instead of correcting your prescription, this procedure is generally used for therapeutic reasons, such as to treat injuries to the cornea, as well as diseases, such as recurrent corneal erosion. PTK may also be used in conjunction with CXL to strengthen the cornea.

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Superficial keratectomy is used to remove defective epithelial cells so they can grow back and heal more smoothly. This is used to treat corneal injuries, such as superficial scarring.

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Amniotic membrane grafting is reserved for severe ocular surface problems where inflammation leads to scarring and limits natural healing. The amniotic membrane helps to heal the ocular surface and reduce inflammation.

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AK is a procedure designed to decrease corneal astigmatism by making arc-shaped or straight incisions in the steepest meridians of the mid-peripheral cornea.

Also used to correct corneal astigmatism, LRI are made ⅔ to ¾ depth in the steepest meridians of the cornea to correct the refractive error and are often done in conjunction with cataract surgery.

If you have suffered an injury to your cornea that requires closing an open wound, a synthetic glue may be used to cover the injury and prevent leaking.

Corneal scrapings and biopsies are diagnostic procedures used to help manage and treat corneal infections and lesions.

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Our office is located on the South side of North Hill Mall in the professional building. Please note there is no entrance to our clinic from the mall.

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We offer plenty of free 3-hour parking right outside our clinic, and we are easily accessible from Lion’s Park Station located on 14th Ave. NW.

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Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

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Our Services

We offer a variety of refractive surgery options including ICL, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), LASIK, and PRK. During ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange an intraocular lens is used to correct your vision. LASIK and PRK use a laser to correct your prescription. We can help you achieve clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

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Cataracts are a common condition that often develops with age. Diabetes, certain medications, and trauma can also increase cataract risk. We offer a variety of advanced cataract surgery and intraocular lens options.

Calgary’s Source for Excellent Cataract Care

We are a comprehensive ophthalmology office treating all types of eye conditions such as glaucoma, eyelid, eye surface, IOL, uveitis, retina problems and more. Our Ophthalmologists offer on-site laser and minor surgery to treat eye diseases.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Your cornea, the clear front part of your eye, refracts light entering your eye. When your cornea develops an issue, it can affect your whole vision. We offer a variety of treatments, including cornea transplants, corneal cross-linking, and PTK surgery.

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